Bumthang Festival

Bumthang Festival

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Dance and music play a very important part in the culture life of the Bhutanese people. Each village and community has a rich tradition of dance which marks the passing seasons, communal occasions and shared experiences.

Dance and music play a very important part in the culture life of the Bhutanese people. Each village and community has a rich tradition of dance which marks the passing seasons, communal occasions and shared experiences. In Bhutan Tsechu is an occasion when people get to meet one another again after twelve months. It is also the time for the natives to coming out in one’s finest clothes and relaxing and enjoying the spectacle of the dance. More importantly it is a time when people are able, by watching the sequence of religious dances, to reaffirm their place in a wider cosmological order. During the blessing, misfortunes are removed, good luck is increased, wishes are fulfilled and sins are removed. The doctorine of Lord Buddha may florish and bring joy and happiness to all beings, by performing the mask dance as it has been the commonly held belief.

Bumthang is often referred to as the culture and religious heartland of Bhutan. Bumthang Nimalung Tsechu is the good opportunity to glimpse the unique Tsechu being held in the rural village of Bhutan (Nimalung village). People from all over the village come here to witness the festival dressing in therir finest clothes. It is held once in every year and is celebrated to bring happiness, better harvest and prosperity to thef village and the country as a whole. Moren so often, it has in depth meaning of Buddhisam.

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  • Day 01: Paro arrival: The flight into Paro on Bhutan’s only national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. During the journey, the traveler will experience from the left side of the plane a spectacular view of Mt. Everest, and other famous Himalayan Mountains including the sacred Mt. Jhomolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport you will be received by your Bhutanese friend from Makalu Adventure Lunch at the Hotel. Discuss the Tour Programme with the tour guide. Time permitting we will do an afternoon sightseeing of Paro including a visit to Paro Rimpung Dzong, the centre of civil and religious authority in the region. Dinner and overnight at Thimphu.

  • Day 02: Thimphu – Bumthang: Today we will drive to the cultural and religious heartland of beautiful Bumthang valley. From Thimphu he drive will take about 9 hours to Bumthang throught the rhododendron and semi tropical forest and also involves the passing of two high passes namely Dochula (3150m) and the Yutongla pass (3400m). At Docula, we can see the eastern Himalaya mountain range on clear days. We will have lunch at Chendbji Restaurant and then we will contiunue our journey to Bumthang. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Bumthang.

  • Day 03: Bumthang: Today we will witness and enjoy te Nialung festival followed by picnic or packed lunch. After lunch, we will continue witnessing the festival and at around 3 p.m. we will set out for some sightseeing of Bhuthang including a visit to Jambay LHakhang and Tamshing Lhakhang. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel, Bumthang.

  • Day 04: Bumthang: Witnessing of the Numalung festival followed by a packed or picnic lunch. After lunch, we will do the remainng sightseeing of Bhutan including a visit to Meer Tsho (Burning lake), Jakar dzong and Chamkhar valley. Dinner and overnight stay in Bhuthang.

  • Day 05: Bumthang – Gangtay, Phobjikha: After witnessing the Thongdrel (liberation at sight) ceremony at Kurjey Lhakhang, we will then drive to Gangtay, Phobjikha. After lunch at local restaurant we will contine our journey to Gangtay, Phobjikha. Dinner and overnight stay in Gangtay, Phobjikha.

  • Day 06: Gangtay –Punakha: After walking around the Phobjikha valley, it is a glacial valley and is the winter home of the black necked cranes. This valley is degignated as conservation area and borders Black mountain National Park. We will then drive to Punaka having our lunch at Wangdue Phodrang. On reaching Wangdue Phodrand, we will visit Wangdue Dzong which was built by Lama Zhabdrung in 1638. After our lunch we will visit Chhimi Lhakhang, which is located at a hilltop and involving a walk about 25 minutes from the road point. The temple is also known as the temple of fertililty. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel, Punakha.

  • Day 07: Punakha – Thimphu: After breakfast, we will drive to the viewpoint of Khamsum. Yule Namgyel Chorten for taking photographs followed by a visti of Punakha Dzong which had been the winter capital of Bhutan until 1955 when the capital was finally and permanently moved to Thimphu. It, however still serves as the wintern residence for the center monk body. After visitng the Dzong we will then drive back to Thimph, having lunch at Dochula cafeteria. After lunch we will continue our journey to Thimphu. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel, Thimphu.

  • Day 08: Thimphu: The day begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten buitlt ion honour of the late king Jingme Dorje Wangchuck and the Drupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then drive to the view point of Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the central monastic body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). Lunch will be served in the town. After lunch we will be visiting the weaving factory and finally visit the handicraft emporium and shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu.

  • Day 09: after an early morning breakfast, we will drive to Paro. On reaching Paro we will hike to the viewpoint of Taktshang (Tiger’s nest) monastery involving a steep walk about one and half hour from the road end. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. After enjoying the views with photographs and having lunch we will then walk back. On the way back we will also visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the lodest temples in Bhutan followed by a stroll around Paro town. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel, Paro.

  • Day 11: Final departure: Today we will drive to Paro international airport to catch the flight to your next destination.
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